Applications are usually accepted from January through April. Decisions are usually made in July. The program is open to self-identified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer <Questioning>, +, graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria. Family members and mentors are encouraged to work with applicants to help ensure their submissions are complete. The applicant must:
- Be an openly self identified member of the LGBTQ+ Community
- Be graduating from high school in the year they apply for a scholarship.
- Be a United States Citizen or be a legal immigrant.
- Be attending an accredited college, university, or vocational school within the United States or Canada. Proof of acceptance is required.
- Provide an OFFICIAL copy of their high school transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better using a 4.0 scale or equivalent. Weighted average can be used in this calculations. If the applicant’s high school does not use a numerical grading system, then a complete description of the measures of success and requirements for graduation is required.
- Complete 2 personal essays as outlined on the application form.
- Provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.
- Prepare a detailed list of community involvement. Heavier weight is given to those activities and leadership roles relating directly to the LGBTQ+ communities.
- Sign an acknowledgement form agreeing to the outlined terms and conditions of the application. (See application form)
Currently the LEAGUE Foundation has 4 awards for consideration and each student application is automatically reviewed for each. The four awards are:
- The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship (1 award annually)
- The Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (1 award annually)
- The Tyler Clementi Memorial Scholarship (1 award annually)
- The LEAGUE Foundation Scholarship (up to 9 awards annually)